Sunday, May 27, 2012
On this day in 1968, first baseman and designated hitter Frank Thomas was born.
Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1989, Frank made his debut in August 1990 and immediately made an impact as an upgrade to Carlos Martinez. Thomas quickly established himself as one of the premier hitters in the majors, earning him the nickname of the Big Hurt.
Currently, Frank stands above all White Sox players with 448 home runs in a White Sox uniform, but Paul Konerko may eventually surpass that mark. Thomas hit .307 with 2.136 hits, 1,465 RBI, 1.466 walks and 1.327 runs scored in a Sox uniform. Back to back MVP seasons, four Silver Sluggers, five straight All-Star selections, one batting title and the 2000 AL Comeback Player of the Year all suggest that Big Frank just might be a first ballot Hall of Famer.